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Old 07-23-2019, 12:55 PM
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Everybody bragged to me about them so we finally tried it for lunch. I wouldn't say bad but I certainly never returned. I didn't care for it and either did my husband and friends. Knowing they're brothers, I doubt if I will try Roberto's.



Haven't been there.


Any additional review info???..........what did you both have and was there something missing to the taste??




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Old 07-23-2019, 01:58 PM
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Know your audience, if you come from an environment with zero ethnic restaurants, what you think is fine is mediocre to people with different experiences-
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:07 PM
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Know your audience, if you come from an environment with zero ethnic restaurants, what you think is fine is mediocre to people with different experiences-
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. . .Any additional review info???..........what did you both have and was there something missing to the taste??

At Giovanni's I'm not crazy about most of the menu items however the fried calamari is excellent, it is hand-cut and breaded at the restaurant and it is far superior to that which we had at Sammy's. Yet the tomato/marinara sauce which is served on the side is inconsistent. Some days it is very good and other days it almost tastes burnt. The salad is always fresh and crispy, and they make their own dinner garlic rolls fresh daily which are served with every meal.

I commented to a waitress that our experiences at Giovanni's are inconsistent and she told us that it all depends upon who is in the kitchen. (She even said to avoid the pizza on Mondays - honestly LOL) .

After 3 years here, our standards are lowering, little by little. If not we would never eat out. One of the side effects of my recent medical treatments is extreme fatigue and quite frankly, I just don't always want to cook).
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:50 PM
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Know your audience, if you come from an environment with zero ethnic restaurants, what you think is fine is mediocre to people with different experiences-
You said a mouthful there. We are snowbirds who live in an area where there are a large number of Italians, there’s also the Johnson and Wales Culinary school. We have 3 excellent Italian restaurants each about a half mile from where we live. Head out a few miles in any direction and there quite a few more. WE have not found anything in the Villages/Ocala area that come close to what we are used to. We like Giovanni’s it is what it is but cannot compare to what we have where we live most of the year. At home we would never go to Olive Garden but when we’re in TV we go at least a couple of times during our 5 month stay.
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All of this on a pizza place that hasn't even opened yet!
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Know your audience, if you come from an environment with zero ethnic restaurants, what you think is fine is mediocre to people with different experiences-
Spot on. Having traveled extensively in Italy, we cannot find any pizza place that compares to pizza in Amalfi or pasta in Firenzi or Venizia. A simple house made spaghetti with shrimp and cherry tomatoes or true Carbonara - not the cream and cheese laden stiff they make at Olive Garden but a dish where the pasta is the star. Oh, crud, now I'm hungry.
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Drove past about 1:30 and the restaurant appeared to be very busy. Hopefully, reviews will start later this evening or tomorrow.
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Spot on. Having traveled extensively in Italy, we cannot find any pizza place that compares to pizza in Amalfi or pasta in Firenzi or Venizia. A simple house made spaghetti with shrimp and cherry tomatoes or true Carbonara - not the cream and cheese laden stiff they make at Olive Garden but a dish where the pasta is the star. Oh, crud, now I'm hungry.
And I'll bet you can go back to Italy and not find any Gator Tail or Maine Lobster as you can here. Location matters.
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First day I knew to cut them some slack. I've been eating at Giovanni's at least once a month for the 8 years we've been here, we're not big eaters and stick to the basics. I like spaghetti with meat sauce, lasagna and pizza. So Giovanni's and their other place Gio's has been great. They're prices are from 25 years ago. Spaghetti with meat sauce, with salad and bread for $6.95. I would pay $10, but don't tell them. Roberto's the prices are little higher, about like Olive Garden.

We figured we would just slip in and order a pizza to go. At least they have decent waiting area, unlike the Giovanni's. We order a large with with green peppers at 12:10. We sat down in waiting area and two other couples we knew from MVP were there waiting for take-out as well. So time went fast and even though we waited until almost 1:00 I didn't mind since it was their first day.

Unfortunately when he brought the pizza it had banana peppers and not green peppers. I don't think the guy taking the order knew the difference. He kept asking when I placed the order if I wanted sausage or anything else besides peppers, I said no, just green peppers. When I saw him later, I mentioned were waiting on the pizza with just green peppers. So when it finally came with banana peppers, I said I'll take it. It was OK, not great, not bad, I think the banana peppers made it too sweet.

Anyway, they have outside seating, I was surprised most all the outside tables were taken since it was so muggy with the light rain. One problem, they have one door. So everyone coming into the restaurant and leaving and waitresses with food are all going in and out through that same door. I hear them say there was about a 15 minute wait for those wanting a table, then I heard them say the kitchen is backed up so it may be 30 minutes more to get your food. This is the way it is at every new place, give it a couple of weeks or if you're not in a hurry, you can go now. It's at the end of Pinellas Plaza nearest the Village of Pinellas where Evergreen Buffet use to be located. Very convenient for those who live along Pinellas Place.

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Still waiting for an Italian restaurant within a 30 mile radius to offer scungilli fra diaviolo--
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